Loudoun County Civil War Roundtable

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The Loudoun County Civil War Roundtable (LCCWRT) promotes and further stimulates interest in all aspects and phases of the Civil War period. The round table meets second Tuesday of the month except for January and February. Meetings start at 7:30 PM. Light refreshments are provided at 7 PM. Attendance is free for the first meeting. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in our county’s history during the period of the Civil War. Informed speakers present battles, leaders and life on the home front and audience participation is encouraged. This is a non-partisan organization so the views of both Federal and Confederates are honored. Dues are $25 and includes the family. Our membership year starts in March. Please make checks out to “LCCWRT”. As a member of the LCCWRT, you will receive the newsletter as well as timely email notifications of upcoming tours and Civil War events in our area. Please contact the Treasurer (Gary Mester – gmester AT aol DOT com) with any questions regarding membership or the email notification list.

04/28/2020

This week's Live topic - the Morris Island Campaign, Part I, June 1863. Federal efforts to secure Morris Island by direct infantry assault initially succeed. But they are stopped cold at Battery Wagner. This sets up one of the war's best documented siege operations, extending to the first week of September, 1863. This week we will cover the first part, the "maneuver" portion, of this campaign.

04/21/2020

Placeholder for our next scheduled Facebook Live presentation. Tentative topic - The Battle of Island No. 10. But subject to change. Stay tuned!

04/21/2020

Our Next Live Presentation: April 21, at 6:30 PM.

Topic: The Battle of Island No. 10.

Early in 1862, the Lincoln Administration pressed forward the strategic goal of suppressing the Confederacy by restricting trade and dividing the southern states along major rivers. The Mississippi River was a foremost target within that plan. The Confederates, however, recognized the vulnerability and quickly moved to secure "Old Man River" from Kentucky to New Orleans as a vital seam to their fledgling nation. Island No. 10 was part of those Confederate defenses. Within a treacherous double horseshoe bend of the river, the Island was the perfect location to prevent Federal descent on the Mississippi River. Starting in late February, the Federals conducted combined operations, featuring a Navy flotilla of ironclad riverboats commanded by Flag Officer Andrew Foote and an Army column of 23,000 under Major-General John Pope. Opposing them was a Confederate force of 7,000 under command of Northern Virginia native Brigadier-General William Mackall. As the campaign unfolded, the Federals struggled against geography, terrain, inter-service rivalries, and the river itself just to bring the battle to Mackall's defenses. This presentation will focus on those operations leading to an important, but often overlooked, early war Federal victory. The victory at Island No. 10 propelled John Pope to higher command in the Eastern Theater, and down a road lading to Second Manassas. But cast in context to other events from the spring of 1862, we first see the "Anaconda" constricting the Confederacy.

04/17/2020
To the Sound of the Guns

To the Sound of the Guns

Our Next Live Presentation: April 21, at 6:30 PM.

Topic: The Battle of Island No. 10.

Early in 1862, the Lincoln Administration pressed forward the strategic goal of suppressing the Confederacy by restricting trade and dividing the southern states along major rivers. The Mississippi River was a foremost target within that plan. The Confederates, however, recognized the vulnerability and quickly moved to secure "Old Man River" from Kentucky to New Orleans as a vital seam to their fledgling nation. Island No. 10 was part of those Confederate defenses. Within a treacherous double horseshoe bend of the river, the Island was the perfect location to prevent Federal descent on the Mississippi River. Starting in late February, the Federals conducted combined operations, featuring a Navy flotilla of ironclad riverboats commanded by Flag Officer Andrew Foote and an Army column of 23,000 under Major-General John Pope. Opposing them was a Confederate force of 7,000 under command of Northern Virginia native Brigadier-General William Mackall. As the campaign unfolded, the Federals struggled against geography, terrain, inter-service rivalries, and the river itself just to bring the battle to Mackall's defenses. This presentation will focus on those operations leading to an important, but often overlooked, early war Federal victory. The victory at Island No. 10 propelled John Pope to higher command in the Eastern Theater, and down a road lading to Second Manassas. But cast in context to other events from the spring of 1862, we first see the "Anaconda" constricting the Confederacy.

04/14/2020

Join us for a live stream presentation about Civil War artillery tactics.

The second Tuesday of the month is normally my roundtable night. As we are unable to do that due to the COVID 19 response, would like to share a presentation I've given in the past to other roundtables regarding the evolution of American artillery tactics leading up to the Civil War.

04/14/2020

Join us for a live stream presentation about Civil War artillery tactics.

The second Tuesday of the month is normally my roundtable night. As we are unable to do that due to the COVID 19 response, would like to share a presentation I've given in the past to other roundtables regarding the evolution of American artillery tactics leading up to the Civil War.

04/14/2020
To the Sound of the Guns

Tonight we are "experimenting" with a live stream event as a replacement for our normal "in person" meeting. This event is hosted off our partner site - To the Sound of the Guns.

Join us for a live stream presentation about Civil War artillery tactics.

The second Tuesday of the month is normally my roundtable night. As we are unable to do that due to the COVID 19 response, would like to share a presentation I've given in the past to other roundtables regarding the evolution of American artillery tactics leading up to the Civil War.

Interview: Quest, “I Held Lincoln”
03/31/2020
Interview: Quest, “I Held Lincoln”

Interview: Quest, “I Held Lincoln”

Richard Quest, Author of I Held Lincoln: A Union Soldier’s Journey Home (spoiler alert – this book is much more about the soldier’s journey than about his role in the moments afte…

03/22/2020

Would you be interested in a "Watch Party" event here on our page in lieu of a monthly meeting (due to the COVID 19 response)? Perhaps allowing our scheduled speakers to present their material on line instead of in person?

03/22/2020

UPDATE: Due to local and state policies in response to COVID 19, Balch Library (the venue at which we meet) is closed to the public until further notice. In addition, the library has cancelled all public meetings through the end of June. Given the present ban on public gatherings in excess of ten people, we have decided not to move our April, May, or June meetings to alternate locations. Those meetings/speakers will be rescheduled. Thank you for your understanding. Be safe. Wash hands. Social distance. We will look towards alternative means of providing your "Civil War Fix" in spite of the virus!

03/17/2020

Due to the current public safety policies, we at the Loudoun County Civil War Roundtable are cancelling our scheduled April meeting. Please check back with us here on Facebook or on our website for more updates. We will assess the situation regarding future meetings and post notices when we have more information.

Loudoun Museum
04/03/2019

Loudoun Museum

Pickett's Charge is perhaps the most discussed and debated attack during the Civil War. Join us in examining why by walking the footsteps of Loudoun's 8th Virginia infantry during the attack. Follow the link for more information and registration below.

https://bit.ly/2HtvtsP

Loudoun Museum
03/12/2019

Loudoun Museum

🚨Save the dates!

We are excited to announce our spring lectures and tours. Stay tuned for details on how to register. We hope you can join us for these events and stop by to see our most recent exhibit, “Caught in the Maelstrom of Civil War: Loudoun County Divided”. #loudouncounty #nova #history #museum #civilwar #leesburg #lecture #loudoun #today #visitloudoun #virginia

Our first meeting of the 2019 season is on March 12.  Scott Mingus will discuss JEB Stuart's ride through York County, P...
03/04/2019
March 2019 Meeting – Scott Mingus

Our first meeting of the 2019 season is on March 12. Scott Mingus will discuss JEB Stuart's ride through York County, Pennsylvania. Come join us at Balch Library that evening!

The March 2019 meeting kicks off the new year of the Loudoun County Civil War Roundtable. Members, Please give your $25 dues to Gary Mester. Board of Directors, Please stay after for a meeting. Mee…

Schedule
01/14/2019
Schedule

Schedule

Speakers and Topics Scheduled for 2019 March 12, 2019—Scott Mingus, Jr. : General JEB Stuart in York County during the Gettysburg Campaign April 9, 2019—Eric Wittenberg : The Battle of Aiken and ca…

December 2017 Meeting – David Goetz
12/01/2017
December 2017 Meeting – David Goetz

December 2017 Meeting – David Goetz

As is the tradition of the Loudoun County Civil War Roundtable, our December meeting will be a dinner. This year, we feature David Goetz, who will describe the links between Mosby and Lincoln. Goet…

November 2017 Meeting – George E. Lewis, Jr.
10/27/2017
November 2017 Meeting – George E. Lewis, Jr.

November 2017 Meeting – George E. Lewis, Jr.

Join us on November 14 when our speaker, George Lewis, Jr., will discuss the failure of both the United States and the Confederacy to adequately care for the many horses needed to wage war. Meeting…

October Meeting – Gordon Calhoun
09/28/2017
October Meeting – Gordon Calhoun

October Meeting – Gordon Calhoun

For our October meeting, we have a speaker who was rescheduled from March 2013 – Gordon Calhoun. He will speak on the activities of the CSS Florida, a Confederate raider. Meeting time: 7:30…

September 12 meeting – James Hessler
08/29/2017
September 12 meeting – James Hessler

September 12 meeting – James Hessler

At the September 12 meeting, James Hessler will join us to discuss Union General Dan Sickles, one of the more colorful and contradictory characters who played a part in the Civil War. Meeting time:…

August 2017 Meeting – Beth Parnicza
07/31/2017
August 2017 Meeting – Beth Parnicza

August 2017 Meeting – Beth Parnicza

Come join us for our August 8 meeting where National Park Service historian Beth Parnicza discusses the Looting of Fredericksburg, December 1862. Meeting time: 7:30 p.m., August 8, 2017 Location: T…

July 2017 Meeting – Robert H. Moore, II
07/03/2017
July 2017 Meeting – Robert H. Moore, II

July 2017 Meeting – Robert H. Moore, II

We hope you can join us for our July 11 meeting where Robert H. Moore, II will discuss one of the more unfortunate episodes which occurred at the end of the Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley. Meeting time: 7:30 p.m., July 11, 2017 Location: Thomas Balch Library, 208 West Market Street, Leesburg, Vi

June 2017 Meeting – Dr. Laura June Davis
05/31/2017
June 2017 Meeting – Dr. Laura June Davis

June 2017 Meeting – Dr. Laura June Davis

At June 13 meeting, Dr. Laura June Davis will join us to discuss irregular warfare along the Mississippi River. Meeting time: 7:30 p.m., June 13, 2017 Location: Thomas Balch Library, 208 West Market Street, Leesburg, Virginia Topic: A New Style of Rebel Warfare: The Rise of Mississippi River Boat Bu

May 2017 Meeting – Michael Block
04/30/2017
May 2017 Meeting – Michael Block

May 2017 Meeting – Michael Block

Join us on May 9 when our speaker, Michael Block, will discuss the contested land to our southwest, in Culpeper County. Meeting time: 7:30 p.m., May 9, 2017 Location: Thomas Balch Library, 208 West Market Street, Leesburg, Virginia Topic: The Civilian Experience in Culpeper County, Virginia, during

April 2017 Meeting – James A. Morgan III
04/01/2017
April 2017 Meeting – James A. Morgan III

April 2017 Meeting – James A. Morgan III

Welcome to a new year with the Loudoun County Civil War Roundtable, in particular since our March meeting was canceled. Please remember to bring your annual dues to the meeting and—in light of several upcoming vacancies—consider joining the Board of Directors. Reminder to all Board members: Please s

March 14 Meeting Cancelled
03/14/2017
March 14 Meeting Cancelled

March 14 Meeting Cancelled

Due to Winter Storm Stella, our scheduled meeting for this evening, March 14, is cancelled. Members are instead encouraged to find a warm fireplace and a good Civil War book to get them by until our next meeting. On April 11, local historian James A. Morgan III will discuss “Activities of the Joint

March 2017 Meeting – George E. Lewis, Jr.
02/20/2017
March 2017 Meeting – George E. Lewis, Jr.

March 2017 Meeting – George E. Lewis, Jr.

Welcome to a new year with the Loudoun County Civil War Roundtable! As this is our first gathering of 2017, members are asked to bring their annual dues to the meeting. Reminder to all Board members: Please stay after for a meeting. Join us on March 14 when our speaker, George Lewis, Jr., will discu

Our 2017 Schedule Posted
01/12/2017
Our 2017 Schedule Posted

Our 2017 Schedule Posted

We have updated our schedule page with the 2017 dates and speakers. Please update your calendars. Hope to see you at the meetings!

December 2016 Meeting – Peter Carlson
11/25/2016
December 2016 Meeting – Peter Carlson

December 2016 Meeting – Peter Carlson

As is the tradition of the Loudoun County Civil War Roundtable, our December meeting will be a dinner. This year, we feature Peter Carlson, who will describe the many adventures of Junius Browne and Albert Richardson, two reporters who covered the Civil War for the New York Tribune until they were c

November 8 meeting – Ross Kimmel and Mike Musick
11/01/2016
November 8 meeting – Ross Kimmel and Mike Musick

November 8 meeting – Ross Kimmel and Mike Musick

Join us on November 8 when our speakers, Ross Kimmel and Mike Musick, describe life in the Point Lookout POW Camp as seen through the writing and drawings of Confederate soldier John J. Omenhausser. Meeting time: 7:30 p.m., November 8, 2016 Location: Thomas Balch Library, 208 West Market Street, Lee

October 11 meeting – Melissa Delcour Eckstein
09/29/2016
October 11 meeting – Melissa Delcour Eckstein

October 11 meeting – Melissa Delcour Eckstein

Join us on October 11 when our speaker, Melissa Delcour Eckstein, discusses the May 1864 command of that dashing, plumed-hat warrior, J. E. B. Stuart. Meeting time: 7:30 p.m., October 11, 2016 Location: Thomas Balch Library, 208 West Market Street, Leesburg, Virginia Topic: J. E. B. Stuart: A Rendez

September 13 meeting – David Goetz
09/01/2016
September 13 meeting – David Goetz

September 13 meeting – David Goetz

Join us on September 13 when our speaker, David Goetz, discusses a perennial favorite, John S. Mosby. Meeting time: 7:30 p.m., September 13, 2016 Location: Thomas Balch Library, 208 West Market Street, Leesburg, Virginia Topic: The Postwar Relationship between John Singleton Mosby and Ulysses S. Gra

August 9 meeting – Dwight Hughes
07/31/2016
August 9 meeting – Dwight Hughes

August 9 meeting – Dwight Hughes

Join us on August 9 when our speaker, Dwight Hughes, discusses the CSS Shenandoah’s place in Civil War history. Meeting time: 7:30 p.m., August 9, 2016 Location: Thomas Balch Library, 208 West Market Street, Leesburg, Virginia Topic: The CSS Shenandoah From October 1864 to November 1865, the CSS S

Summer 2016 Outing – Oatlands
07/31/2016
Summer 2016 Outing – Oatlands

Summer 2016 Outing – Oatlands

Dear Members of the Loudoun County Civil War Roundtable, I hope you can attend the summer 2016 outing, which is a tour of Oatlands Plantation. The 90-minute tour will cover the house, then the grounds. See all details below. Date: Saturday, August 6 Time: Tour starts promptly at 9:30 a.m. Address: O

Summer 2016 LCCWRT Outing – Oatlands Plantation
07/01/2016
Summer 2016 LCCWRT Outing – Oatlands Plantation

Summer 2016 LCCWRT Outing – Oatlands Plantation

We are pleased to announce our summer 2016 outing, which is a tour of Oatlands Plantation. According to tour guide Lori Kimball, Oatland’s director of programming and education, “We have a lot to share about our Civil War history and that of the Carter’s smaller plantation, Bellefield, near Uppervil

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